A recent poll by PoliticsHome, shows how Cameron is not trusted by the majority of polled to implement his planned reforms as radically as he makes out. Hopefully, with the news of a Channel 4 documentary to be shortly aired showing several Tory cabinet members’ (including Cameron) time in the Bullingdon dinning club at Oxford, this may be a sign that people are starting to see through the Cameron charm.
Disappointingly but expected, the Tories won the by election in Norwich North, but if looked at closely, they failed to gain a convincing victory in terms of increasing the number of actual votes. The big swing that they forced is more due to a collapse of the Labour vote, which is worrying for the Liberal Democrats, as they are failing to capitalise on the lost Labour supporters, but that is another story. This arguably could point to evidence for the poll, that even though the Tories are winning the elections that are taking place, there lacks the euphoria that surrounded the Blair era.
If you look at some of my earlier blogs, I comment on some of the recent proposals that the Tories have outlined, such as how they want to introduce a 3 month ‘cool off’ period for married couples, or how they want to take mobile phones off ‘anti-social’ behaving kids. As stated in those blogs, these proposals show the disjuncture between Tory policy and rhetoric that there would be a route and branch change of power from the centre to local people. The few policies that have been outlined by the Tories support the assertion of the poll, that the Tories would fail to implement the radical policy changes that they promise.
The poll may provide a glimmer of hope, that not all is lost and that maybe the general public may come to see more clearly through the facade of Cameron and the Tories.